Corona infection rate in Oslo declining

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The number of new coronavirus infected people in Oslo is declining in rate. On average, in the past week, every infected person has infected less than one new person, according to the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI).

Before the strict corona measures were introduced, the FHI estimate that each person with coronavirus infected 3.47 others. Since the measures were introduced, this reproduction rate (R) has dropped to 0.88.

“I am very pleased that the number of infections for Oslo is lower than 1. If R is under 1, we shut down the epidemic and it subsides over time,” said Governing Mayor of Oslo Raymond Johansen (Arbeiderpartiet) in a press release.

However, the FHI estimates that about 50 to 70 per cent of Oslo’s population will contract coronavirus infection. Oslo municipality maintains the highest level of emergency preparedness, which was introduced on March 11.

“We have to continue for a while to stay at home, have a home office, wash hands, and keep our distance. There is a lot of evidence that we are on the right path, and I hope the development will continue even after we have opened up more,” says Johansen.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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